Probation & Parole Services

What is Parole?

In Idaho parole is governed directly by the Commission of Pardons and Parole.  The Bureau of Probation and Parole oversees the supervision of parolees in the community.  Parole is the release of an offender from imprisonment to  the community by the Commission of Pardons and Parole prior to the expiration of his or her sentence, subject to conditions imposed which include a term of supervised release.  Parolees are required to abide by certain terms and conditions set by the commission, and parole officers monitor offender compliance.  Parolees generally have the same terms and conditions as probationers and are required to participate in community programming. 

What is Probation?

In Idaho probation is governed directly by the courts.  The Bureau of Probation and Parole is tasked with monitoring supervision and compliance of offenders as officers of the court.  Probation is the result of suspending the sentence of a person convicted of a felony offense and granting that person the opportunity to remain in the community in lieu of imprisonment.  Offenders assigned to probation may be given a suspended sentence or withheld judgment.  A withheld judgment is a sentence that has not been imposed and the possible conviction is set aside once the offender successfully completes a probationary period.  The courts govern all probation conditions and the Bureau of Probation and Parole imposes certain rules through an agreement of supervision that the offender signs upon orientation.